"Somewhat Damaged" as written by and Michael Reznor Daniel Lohner....
So impressed with all you do
Tried so hard to be like you
Flew too high and burnt the wing
Lost my faith in everything

Lick around divine debris
Taste the wealth of hate in me
Shedding skin, succumb defeat
This machine is obsolete

Made the choice to go away
Drink the fountain of decay
Tear a hole exquisite red
Fuck the rest and stab it dead

Broken, bruised, forgotten sore
Too fucked up to care anymore
Poisoned to my rotten core
Too fucked up to care anymore

Broken, bruised, forgotten sore
Too fucked up to care anymore
Poisoned to my rotten core
Too fucked up to care anymore

In the back off the side far away
Is a place where I hide, where I stay
Tried to say, tried to ask I needed to
All alone by myself, where were you?

How could I ever think it's funny how?
Everything that swore it wouldn't change, is different now
Just like you would always say, "We'll make it through"
Then my head fell apart and where were you?

How could I ever think it's funny how?
Everything you swore would never change, is different now
Like you said, "You and me make it through"
Didn't quite fell apart, where the fuck were you?

Lyrics submitted by gasmask, edited by Canoro, laraferox

"Somewhat Damaged" as written by Reznor Michael Trent Lohner Daniel Patrick

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  • +5
    General CommentI don't think it's a coincidence that this song begins The Fragile. It sets the tone from the beginning - abandonement. This theme is carried all the way onto the next disc (Where is Everbody, for starters). Trent had a breakdown, his "head fell apart", and as a result he was abandoned by everyone that promised they'd be there for him. He's completely isolated, dropped out of the public eye after the five years between The Downward Spiral and The Fragile. He's battling intense self-loathing and loneliness and he's at the point where he doesn't care anymore. He's given up. Thus begins The Fragile.
    DeathRockBoyon June 22, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis is the best NIN song ever (right next to hurt). I dont feel that there is really a metaphorical meaning at all. It is simple. How many times have you relied upon someone? SOmeone who you thought would always be there for you and never leave you high and dry? Well the reality of this fucked up world is that, it will happen to you sooner or later. The lyrics are pretty self explanitory. As for the meaning to Trent, it is about his depression henceforth the downward spiral, as well as an accumulative of his entire life.
    Justin-Toolon June 08, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song... oh my god. This fucking song. Definitely on the list of my top 5 favorite NIN songs. One of the absolute best I FUCKING HATE YOU!!! songs I've ever heard. I've been there, Trent, oh I have been there. This song reminds me of my ex every time I hear it. Reminds me of how much I admired him at first but then his dazzling glow began to slowly fade as I saw him for who he really was. He always promised that things would never change but they suuuure did. I fell apart too, and where the fuck was he?!

    The music on this track is absolutely mindblowing. It starts out with a simple guitar riff that's very misleading as to what direction the music is actually heading in. It morphs into a heavy drum beat with industrial bassline & guitars. The entire effect once everything comes together is very visceral and angry and gut-wrenching. I LOVE the sound effect of the blades in the middle of the song too. God, this song still gives me chills everytime I hear it even after so many years, truly one of Trent's finest works :D
    Cenobyteon October 01, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIn co-dependent relationships, especially with the inclination of drugs, there is always that mushy pseudo-emotion "we'll always be here for each other no matter what" which becomes a blanket of comfort. Trent seems to be expressing when that blanket is ripped off and cold water (truth) is suddenly and overwhelmingly thrown upon him. The end to this song is such an emotional release.
    Droopon April 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is basically about some one who was trusted and swore that no matter what happened things would never change, But he knew all along that that person would never be there. Like he know when they made the promis that things would fall apart, But needed it. Knowing that when things became there worst that person would bail out.
    babydeadgirl730on July 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentseems like Trent had a relationship with someone, and suffice to say he is not too impressed with how it turned out..point blank
    TheFragile92on October 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere are multiple levels to this song. On the one hand the narrator exhorts himself "make the choice to go away" as a rejection of his former beliefs, having "flew too high and burnt the wings" losing faith, realizing he is part of a system that is corrupt and has been damaged as a result. His life is unsalvageable, undredeemable, and decides that he doesn't care. Immediately after this a different voice/persona seems to chime in, wanting to hang on in isolation to something / anything meaningful that might save him, but still feeling betrayed. This sets up a conflict which is played out in the rest of the album.
    Pray4Iceon February 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always listen to this song when I'm down.

    The last bits of the song has a fuckton of meaning- Reminds me of being let down by others and to trust no bitch.
    clarellevon March 30, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPartly retrospective, this song (lyrically and sonically) closes the book on the protagonist's tale in The Downward Spiral.

    Words, music, and theme are a crude summary of the events that led to a metamorphosis into The Fragile.

    No other song on the album contains this homage, this transitional recap of events that led to the protagonist's current state of being.

    It brings the listener up to speed on past pains, before exploring a completely new environment: organic, exploratory, self-aware, and fragile.
    iomusikon September 26, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNIN songs always give.. me ideas. If its for writting, or making useless things. It broods creation. To me.
    ToxicFoolon May 11, 2002   Link

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